China vs. India == Central Command vs. Individual

You would have heard, read many articles these days comparing booming economy of China and India, explaining and comparing how each country is poised to be the next century economy hub. Here is an interesting article published in Economic Times, India. The author writes ..

So in India, when we build one Sardar Sarovar dam, thousands pour out to galvanise public opinion, right or wrong, in their favour. But when China decides to build the world’s biggest dam – the Three Gorges — nobody gets to know how many get displaced and hopefully rehabilitated. Whether the executive and political talent of China is individually as good as ours may be questioned, but collectively, it is an unbeatable delivery machine.

Now, the micro level. An average Indian is a free bird. He can be born the poorest in the remotest part but can rise to the highest chair in the country. He can choose to work or not work. He can work wherever he wishes to work and whichever way he decides to work. The legacy of the value system favours the citizen, inflicting him with only softer indictments. He can be as ruthless as he chooses in his expression for or against anyone. Therefore, an Indian is supposedly in charge of his individual destiny.

The destiny of an average Chinese rests with the central command. He contributes more than what he gets, be it in urban or rural China. For past 25 years, he cannot have more than one child. Whether he works as a white or blue-collar worker, he has to maintain discipline. He has multiple responsibilities for civic behaviour. He cannot be unproductive in work or indulge in any economic crime. Punitive deterrents are too severe. He may lose his work permit and revert to his village along with his family, ending his urban dream forever. At home, he has to look after his family comprising his wife and his one child, parents of both spouses. There could be grandparents too. All these, with little or no social security. Clearly, the Chinese system holds the destiny for each Chinese.

==> This article is more in-line with Nobel prize winner Economist Amartya Sen’s thoughts like

**Development should be seen as a process of expanding the real freedoms that people experience
**Development is just not economical but political one too
Based on Sen’s thesis, Human Development index has been designed covering (i) political freedom, (ii) economic facilities, (iii) social opportunities, (iv) transparency guarantees and (v) protective security. Each of these distinct types of rights and opportunities are essential and closely interrelated in advancing the capability of a person. To appreciate the inter-connections between these freedoms, an empirical linkage that tie the distinct types of freedom are central to our understanding of the instrumental role of freedom. The approach of considering each of these freedoms to development is termed ‘capability approach’.

==> I liked some aspect of Chinese system whereby they put the overall country and its destiny ahead of the individual when there is a big question mark about country’s destiny. That doesn’t mean that individual has no value, it all depends upon how well the country has defined the parameter to fulfill individual’s basic need arising from such decisions. Taking India as an example, to implement any infrastructure projects like roads, dam, etc etc which has huge and positive impact on millions people for generations to come, has been always difficult. May be the political & bureaucratic system is not functioning well which makes people suffer from decisions and in return NGO’s block such projects. This is where India lacks a democratic but fast-functioning system to define country’s destiny rather than blocking both individual and also country’s destiny. In one way, India’s slow system is soft-peddling individual’s own destiny. To me such soft-peddling is why we see millions Indians still below poverty line, having lived in villages then urban and then Ultra urban India, I can say that in India, individual’s destiny has been man-made. India has lot to learn & implement from its proud son such as Amartya Sen.

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Rapid Application Development Frameworks – Ruby On Rails, Java!, PHP

With hype(also reality) around Ruby on Rails facilitating rapid^n application development, I did this comparative analysis around latest RAD tools/technologies. Here are my findings.

Ruby On Rails – If you are starting up, doesn’t have too much time, money or partners to support you? You can easily handcraft most of the application development using Ruby On Rails.

Java – Ohh not the age old Java but fresh brews 🙂 Being a Java geek (who is about to switch camp to PHP), I gave another fresh look at Java frameworks.

Grails is an amazing RAD tool, if you are a hardcore Java/J2EE geek and looking for robust application development and adores frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, you can use Grails and utilize your specialized skills
If you doen’t have time to go through all frameworks and primarily looking Java based RAD, then Grails still can help you with plenty of scaffolding code and easy to use automated code generation. You can write a simple CRUD application using Grails in few minutes.

If you are looking for RAD only for web development in Java (because many java geeks believe with Spring and Hibernate, the solution can be developed with the same speed as in Ruby on Rails), then check out Stripes.

PHP – You are the PHP gem and want to stick with PHP? Good news I am joining your camp from Java :). Recent frameworks like Symfony is making headlines …as Yahoo Bookmark as the latest implementation using Symfony. If you are from Java camp and have used Hibernate in the past, life is much cooler with Propel ORM which is used inside Symfony.

More options in PHP – CAKE is very good framework too, so also PRADO and many others.

The reason I am preferring PHP is because of newer frameworks, Object oriented development, high availability of developers/programmers in PHP, if my idea works well then I can safely offload application development by hiring PHP geeks with reasonable salary (I will have to pay only .35 times less than that of a Java geeks…that is great savings for me)

Ruby on Rails, my friends love it, we are developing stuff using it. But I am still looking for more and more developers and programmers adapting it and building great community.

What about ASP ? 😦 oh I hear it is fast and all those but you know I am on Open Source side. 😉

What are your preferences?

Managing innovation and turning innovative ideas into products

I came across an excellent article by Roger Smith (his blog : ctonet.blogspot.com) on “Technology Impacts on Business: Disruption, Globalization, and Innovation Management”

This is an old article but I found this has excellent information on technology impacts. In one part of this article, Roger has attempted to identify a process for managing innovation and turning innovative ideas into products. The following are the activities of such process

Market Learning
Instill a mindset of constant market learning. Use large, small, formal, and informal sampling to extract information.

Find a Place in the Value Chain.
Map technical innovation to business success. Every innovation must demonstrate that is has value to the company.

Effectively Build Business Models.
Understand the value chain and how the company plays in that chain. Modify the business model to incorporate innovative products.

Fight for Funding.
Every innovation team should include an expert in resource acquisition.

Build Partnerships.
Modern products and services often require more resources than exist within a single organization.

Transition to a Business Unit.
Establish a transition team and write a transition plan.

Managing Individuals.
Balance the composition of the innovation team.Include people with skills beyond intelligence.

28% of Immigrant Entrepreneurs In US are Indians

Rediff (Indian online newspaper) writes :

Indians account for 28 per cent of all foreign-founded private start-up companies in America, according to a first-of-its-kind study, ‘American Made: The Impact of Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Professionals on US Competitiveness.’

The study found that over the past 15 years, immigrants have started 1 in 4 (25 per cent) US public companies that were venture-backed, representing a market capitalisation of more than $500 billion. Moreover, a survey of today’s private, venture-backed start-up companies in the US estimated that 47 per cent have immigrant founders.

India was the most prevalent country of origin with 28 per cent followed by the United Kingdom (11 per cent), China (5 per cent), Iran (4 per cent), and France (4 per cent).

UK Supermarkets fail online delivery test!!

Yes that’s what London Lite newspaper writes.

The online service of Britain’s biggest supermarkets has been branded “dismal” in a secret shopping test which found them to be slow, inaccurate and short of stock!!

The five largest internet grocers, Tesco, Sainsbury;s, Asda, Ocado and Waitrose, all failed to deliver a simple list of 33 items.

I find this report amazing of how little has changed in internet shopping, I think with money muscle and existing distribution channel these big players have been running the show.

BT hiring 6000 staff in India & Earning $250 million by 2009

BBC reports : BT has also formed an alliance with Indian firm Jubilant Enpro in order to seek out opportunities in the market. India is one of the world’s fastest growing telecoms markets but it is fragmented and service levels vary. BT said it believed its Indian business could generate sales of $250m by 2009.

My Thoughts : To my friends/bloggers in UK, whom I have been meeting in various meetups and events. One thing which always puzzle me in UK is 90% people believe Globalization is one way ..that means everything from UK is going to go away to India/Asia/some other developing countries. However I keep saying the Globalization is multiway, it is bound to produce benefits for overall economy and make market more competitive. Hopefully they see the benefit of “250 million $” sales of BT from India.

Come on folks, time to embrace fast-paced globalization, give in one hand and take in 2 hands 🙂 or other way depending upon competitiveness.

Exciting days for Internet Consumers in India

Exciting days for Internet consumers in India…

Vivah(a Bollywood movie) is Bollywood’s first movie which went online premier. Rajshri media has produced this movie. Vivah will be premiered over the internet for $10, This is the first time that a Bollywood movie is premiered live on the internet (legally). Update -In fact none of the Hollywood movie has done online premier yet 🙂 so looks like Bollywood is encashing the global Indian diaspora audience and also Bollywood audinence from various countries. Content is king!! & consumer wants content and medium freedom, so let them watch media wherever they want to be. Way to go Bollywood..

Read more about Rajashri, ContentSutra has an excluisve interview with them.

India’s Top Cricketer Anil Kumble has started a Softwar product company StumpVision for various sports products, starting with Cricket. That is a matser stroke Anil, you give thousand of Indian entrepreneurs of this generation to bring the best on world space!!

The company has built products using Microsoft technologies and Steve Ballmer launched StumpVision services in India!!!